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Gambling barge goes ‘kaboom’ in Mississippi

The Grand Casino went out with a bang on Wednesday as a Mississippi demolitions crew blew up the five-story gambling barge, which had been blocking the key U.S. Highway 90 near Gulfport.
/ Source: The Associated Press

The Grand Casino went out with a bang on Wednesday.

A demolition crew blew up a section of the barge that has been blocking U.S. Highway 90 near  Gulfport ever since Hurricane Katrina heaved it ashore.

Three explosions in rapid succession brought down the five-story structure in a demolition overseen by the state Transportation Department.

The agency says the blast will allow work to begin on the highway in hopes that it can be reopened in 90 days. Currently, traffic is being rerouted onto a section of Interstate 10.